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Farmer and public attitudes toward lamb finishing systems

By G. Coleman, E. Jongman, L. Greenfield, P. Hemsworth

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To develop research and policy on the welfare of lambs in intensive finishing systems, it is important to understand public and sheep farmers' attitudes. The aim of this research was to identify and compare farmer and community attitudes relevant to the intensification of lamb finishing. The majority of respondents in the community sample expressed concern about all listed welfare issues, but particularly about feedlotting of lambs and the associated confinement. These attitudes correlated with community views on the importance of welfare issues including social contact and freedom to roam. Farmers expressed much lower levels of concern than did the general public except with regard to the health of lambs, disease control, access to shade, and lack of access to clean water.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 198-209
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Language English
Author Address Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010,
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Attitudes
  4. Bovidae
  5. Diseases
  6. Farms
  7. Feedlots
  8. Health
  9. Lambs
  10. Mammals
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Policy and Planning
  13. Ruminants
  14. Sheep
  15. ungulates
  16. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed